Google Apps FAQ
Google Apps is accessible at https://google.com/a/gsd200.org from any Internet connected computer. Many Google Apps are also available in the Google Play Store and for Apple iOS. Your Google Apps login name is your GSD email address. Your Google Apps password is updated any time you update your computer password.
Google Apps passwords are synchronized with Windows computer passwords. As such you can't change your Google Apps password directly. Instead, you must change your GSD network account password. Once your network account password is changed, your Google Apps password will be updated automatically.
To change your password, log on to a district PC (not a Chromebook) then press Ctrl+Alt+Del. Next, press Change Password. Follow the on-screen prompts to change your password. Wait 1-2 minutes, and log into Google Apps with your new password.
First, we're sorry to see you go. Congratulations on your graduation, new opportunity, or Lottery windfall! Google Takeout is available for people transitioning out of GSD. Takeout allows you to download your Google data, including Drive files, into a ZIP file. Warning! Please make sure the download of your data complies with Grandview School District Policies & Procedures.
There are ways to use the Chromebook, even if you don't have WiFi (online) access, but the functionality is very limited.
Chrome apps. Apps are free-standing "programs" that you can install from the Chrome Web Store. Many apps operate offline.
Drive Offline. Google Drive is the folder organization of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. While Google Docs are online, you can activate Drive Offline, download Docs to you Chromebooks file storage, and work on them offline. This process must be set up in advance, and only works for one user per Chromebook profile.
The Chromebook is a simple and easy to use device, but it is not without its shortcomings. Here are a list of them and what you can address them.
Minimal local storage
Chromebooks have small hard drives inside (generally smaller than 30 GB). However, Google offers unlimited Google Drive storage for Educational users. This should suffice for regular use cases, but do not expect to store your entire music collection, photos, and full length Hollywood movies on on the Chromebook. You can store large files in Drive or on offline media like a flash or external hard drive.
Lack of powerful desktop applications (programs)
Chromebooks do not have powerful desktop applications such as Photoshop, Premiere/Final Cut Studio, or even iTunes. However, there are free, lower powered substitutes such as Pixlr, Youtube, and Google Music for those aforementioned apps. It will be important to explore, understand, and share these alternatives with students. You can find apps at Google's Chrome App Store by selecting the Store app on your Chromebook.
Printing at school/home
You can print at school using Google Cloud Print. The same is true at home. Printing from Chromebooks requires Google Cloud Print setup. If you have questions about whether your printer is available in Google Cloud Print, please contact the Technology Department.